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Understanding Acne Prone Skin

Adult Acne: Not Just for Teenagers

Raise your hand if you had acne in your teens, and really looked forward to your adult years because your acne woes would finally be at an end. Unfortunately, this just isn’t the case for some of us. For many, acne will develop during puberty, and can continue on into their adult years. However, as adult skin is very different from teenage skin (in case you were wondering why your skin used to “bounce back” easier than it does now), the causes of adult acne vary from those of teenage acne. According to a study in the journal of Adolescent Health, Medicine and Therapeutics, the prevalence of acne in youth is on the rise across the globe, and while it’s...
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Hormonal Acne - What Is It?

Hormonal Acne - What It Is, What Causes It, And What You Can Do About It This is part of our series on acne, for educational purposes only. If you’ve missed our previous articles, you can find them here and here. When I was going through puberty, I would get terrible acne outbreaks. I had many trips to the dermatologist to help figure out a treatment. One thing that helped pull me through these awful outbreaks was my mom telling me, "it will go away when you're an adult. Don't worry." Unfortunately, my mom was wrong. The Whos, Whats, Whys, and Wheres of Hormonal Acne What is hormonal acne? While my acne has gotten better as I got older, it...
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What The Heck Is Sebum?

Acne is not a simple skin condition. Acne is complicated, and there can be so many reasons why our skin may be breaking out. In previous articles, we talked about different types of acne, cystic acne, and hormonal acne. But there is one factor that all of these cases have in common, and that is an overproduction of sebum. So let’s talk about acne formation and how sebum contributes. Greasy Skin – Sebum Sebum is a natural oily, waxy substance produced by oil glands in our skin, which functions to moisturize and lubricate our skin and hair. Sebum also has weak antibacterial properties that protect our skin, the body’s largest organ, from some bacteria and fungi. It is essential for the normal functioning of our...
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Cystic Acne - What Is It And How To Deal With It?

Welcome to the second part of our series on what we know about acne-prone skin. If you missed the first part, you can find it right here. For those of us who have dealt with acne throughout our lives, perhaps one of the most painful, annoying, and most stubborn kinds is cystic acne. Anyone who has experienced cystic acne knows how much of a pain in the butt it can be. It not only hurts, but it might affect your self-confidence as well. Never fear! As part of our quest to help you love the skin you're in and help you be your best self, we've found some information about cystic acne so you're well informed and can find a treatment...
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What Is Acne?

Ever tried to do research on acne and it felt more like jumping into a pool of hungry sharks? You are not alone. Because acne is such a widespread problem, information is lurking behind every corner. This makes it hard to decipher how we as individuals can counteract it. The internet is especially overrun with click bait articles that offer false and even dangerous information. That’s why we are here to help provide scientifically based information to give a jump start to finding your acne treatment.  Once you are able to understand what’s going on with your skin, this is the best path to learning how best to keep it healthy and acne-free. Understanding your skin’s individual characteristics is the...
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